Swiss Valley

Ski resorts in USA
What started as a family-built venue called Little Switzerland in 1960 has grown into southern Michigan's Swiss Valley ski area. Since purchasing the small alpine facilities in 1968, James Wiseman has continued to improve the terrain and equipment at a location that boasts the tallest peak in southwest Michigan.

Located only a few miles north of the Illinois border, motorists will find I-90, the closest Interstate. Michigan State Highway 40 reaches the town of Jones, with the winter venue sitting north of there. Michigan's Kalamazoo - Battle Creek International Airport is the closest field handling domestic travelers just 36 miles from town, and Grand Rapid's Gerald R. Ford International Airport is only 84 miles out from here.

Simplier to Use Than a Swiss Army Knife

Ski bums know that some of the best winter venues are the smaller family-owned places that focus on the pow and not on the apres-ski. There is no overnight lodging at the Swiss Valley ski venue. Visitors can find accommodations close by at Winding Cabins (cabins sleep up to four) and Stone Lake Vacation Rental Houses (roomy for those wanting to pay for it). There are dining options at the venue like the Chalet Food & Spirits and Cafe 225', with the Fireside Room offering a place to meet up and relax while enjoying the view.

The Swiss Valley ski area offers full day and evening tickets, as the venue stays open until nine Monday through Thursday and until ten on during the weekends. All runs at the venue have lights, so skiers and snowboarders are not limited to one or two trails after the sun goes down. The full-service ski shop that services or repairs equipment and sells the latest gear for a needed upgrade. Rental equipment is available for those arriving empty-handed, but guests need to combine a rental package with a Swiss Valley lift pass.

Hitting the Hill

Regional skiers and snowboarders are fully-aware that vertical rises in this part of the country are not as tall as those found in the Rockies or the Cascade Mountains out West. The Swiss Valley ski area has a base elevation of 975 feet and a peak reaching 1,200 feet. That offers skiers and riders 225 vertical feet to play down. Its shorter runs and forgiving terrain make it a fun place for learners and casuals for sure.

The Swiss Valley ski area offers lessons from certified instructors. These professionals are available in private and group sessions, with progressive lessons that can teach newbies fundamentals or fine-tune experienced skiers and riders who already have time on the pow.

The 60 acres of skiable terrain receive about 60 inches of snowfall on average each year. Swiss Valley does have snowmaking capabilities across the entire venue, though. Its 11 runs break down to green/beginner (36-percent), intermediate/blue (36-percent), and advanced/black diamond ratings (27-percent). Guests at Swiss Valley have two quads and a triple to get uphill, with several rope tows in the beginner areas that are less intimidating for newbies.

Swiss Valley Snow forecast

  • Tuesday
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    Sun/clear sky
    7 mph
  • Wednesday
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    Sun/clear sky
    8 mph
  • Thursday
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    11 mph

Facts about Swiss Valley

Number of slopes:11
Easiest Green slopes:4
Intermediate Blue slopes:4
Advanced Black slopes:3
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:0

Lifts (Total: 7)
Chair lifts:3
Platter lift:4
Lift capacity:  9800 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Swiss Valley Vertical drop
Highest Point: 1198 ft
Vertical drop: 223 ft
Base Point: 974 ft

Country: USA
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